NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel’s “The Landmarks of New York” receives rave review

NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel’s “The Landmarks of New York,” which was recently published in its sixth edition, has received a rave review from The East Hampton Star. Irene Silverman writes, “The book is a tribute not only to the preservation commission upon the 50th anniversary of its founding but also to the impassioned civic commitment of its author, who has almost certainly headed more historic preservation-related organizations than anybody else in this country, starting in the ’60s and continuing, as chairwoman of the New York State Council on the Arts, full steam ahead today.

Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel is one of those writers who can take a weighty subject and make it not just enlightening but entertaining. Her reader-friendly introduction to the book — which, be warned, runs to 912 pages, with photos and backstories of 1,360 individual landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 139 historic districts — manages to sound dispassionate in one sentence and derisory in the next, with heroes and villains aplenty in its absorbing stories of how endangered structures have been snatched from the jaws of backhoes.”

She continues, “A record of 400 years of architectural richness, “Landmarks” is an indispensable addition to the libraries of historians, architects, and preservationists, yes, but also for all of us who like knowing more about such remnants as the tall-case cast-iron lampposts that have survived in every borough but Staten Island (which may have more landmarked houses than any of the other four), or the city’s seven remaining sidewalk clocks, originally used as advertising posts, or a street name, an individual building, or an entire neighborhood.

“Landmarks of New York” weighs about five pounds and has a list price of $75, but this book is worth every backache and penny.”

We wish our Chair another hearty Congratulations!


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